Angie Harmon, Jason Seahorn Split
Harmon's rep announced her reportedly amicable separation from Sehorn in a statement. “For the sake of their children, they ask for respect and privacy as they navigate this time in their lives," the rep told People magazine.
Harmon, 42, and Sehorn, 43, have opened up in the past about the difficulty of balancing work life and family life, especially since Harmon films Rizzoli & Isles in California, while the family is based in North Carolina. "We don't get out Friday nights early enough to catch a flight home," Harmon told Your Tango in 2011. "So I'm here [in L.A.]. We sometimes meet in Texas, a 2½-hour flight for both of us. I miss my kids, so it's hard, but my children are so understanding."
She added, "You have to be really considerate of each other, really kind to each other.
Between the two stints in the Army, decorated U.S. Army medic and single mother Maggie Swann must renew her relationship with her five-year old son, adjust to her ex-husband’s new live-in and establish a new romance with a blue-eyed Mexican car mechanic, played by Manolo Cardona, who played Santiago in “Contracorriente” (“Undertow”) and is heart-throbbingly gorgeous. And she suffers from recurring memories of her stint in Afghanistan which don’t allow her to sleep much.
Michelle Monaghan who played Maggie Swann reminded me a little too much of Sandra Bullock though she is a good actress, playing the two ends of the emotional spectrum so well that I actually cried with her. Returning home and to Fort Bliss in Houston Texas after a horrendous stint in the army where she served as a medic, unable to sleep much and determined to take back her son, she plays the stoic decorated U.S. Army medic that she has become and yet, to win back her son and establish any other loving relationship, she must (and does) allow her emotions to rule in the end.
The director, Claudia Myers, who also wrote the screenplay was at the screening answering numerous questions afterward in both English and French. She is American but grew up in France. She worked extensively with the military making training movies and wanted to write a story about a woman with a career and family. This extreme situation of a career in the military also appealed to her because the woman had to play such emotional extremes, from not showing emotion in the worst circumstances of war to allowing her emotions for her son and for her lover to have free reign. This is the second feature she has directed after the 2006 Showtime movie, “ Kettle of Fish”.
The film premiered at Toronto Film Festival 2013 and is being sold internationally by Voltage who has sold it for Showgate for Japan and Umbrella for Australia, and Phase 4 for North America. “Fort Bliss” won the Audience Award at the Champs Elysees Film Festival this past June.
If only there were a family-friendly version, I would take my young grandson and his mother to see this as I think a child would empathize with the little boy, played marvelously by Oakes Fegley, if two very hot (and very meaningful) sex scenes were edited out for a family-friendly version.
The sex scenes, however, were great in that each showed the psychological needs of a long emotionally-suppressed military woman and latter the sad and determined lust of her and her lover. That was one cliché less: instead of showing the usual dreamy and loving sex motives of most films, sex revealed the emotional states of people under pressure.
The second cliché avoided was the emotional bond between mother and son. It was a film even a child could respond too, much the way children respond to the story of “Bambi” on film, and yet it avoided any sappiness. And the Army wants to see this story told, despite it showing troubling subject matter like Ptsd, reintegrating into society and sexual assault -- but to their credit they have supported it and helped the film get made in terms of accuracy.
The credits offered thanks to the 1st Armored Division and Fort Bliss,American Legion, American Red Cross, Joint Forces Training Base Los Alamitos, CA, Patriot Guard Riders, U.S. Army Public Affairs, Union Editorial and the United Service Organizations (Uso).
“Fort Bliss” stars Michelle Monaghan (“True Detective”, “Source Code”), Ron Livingston (“Boardwalk Empire,” “Office Space”), Manolo Cardona (“Undertow”, “Beverly Hills Chihauhua”), Gbenga Akinnagbe (“The Wire”), Emmanuelle Chriqui (“Entourage”) and Pablo Schreiber (“Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “Orange is the New Black”).
Producers are John Sullivan, Adam Silver, Patrick Cunningham, Claudia Myers, and Brendan McDonald. Executive Producer is Matt Chessé. Cinematography is by Adam Silver with editing by Matt Chessé and Carsten Kurpanek. Original music by Asche & Spencer.
• Winner: Best Narrative Feature at the GI Film Festival
• Winner: Audience Award for "Best Feature - Independent American Film” at the Champs-Elysées Film Festival
• Winner: Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking Honors at the 2014 Newport Beach Film Festival
1 Hour, 49 Minutes / Not Yet Rated
"Fort Bliss" will play day-and-date in theaters and on VOD September 19 and will come out on DVD October 14. This is a film you want to see.
Cruz might have become a darling of conservatives and a driving force in the recent government shutdown, but he seemed ill-equipped for Leno, and slightly taken aback by the latenight host’s questioning regarding the shutdown, the Gop emphasis on social issues (Leno has previously articulated a more accepting, libertarian view of gay marriage, for one) and the general vitriol in Washington.
In fact, Leno — who doesn’t really have to worry about losing the
Austin, Texas-based filmmaker Michael Tully’s [pictured] coming-of-age-vacation comedy Ping Pong Summer kicks off the latest edition of Us in Progress on Thursday.
The Us in Progress initiative, hosted by the Champs Elysées Film Festival, will showcase five features by independent Us filmmakers over the coming two days to some 30 European buyers.
Set against the Maryland beach resort of Ocean City, Ping Pong Summer combines a cast of unknown adolescent actors with established big screen stars Susan Sarandon and John Hannah.
The picture was among six recipients last year of a $300,000 grant from the San Francisco Film Society and the Kenneth Rainin Foundation. Other projects in that selection included Fruitvale and Short Term 12.
Tully’s previous films include Cocaine Angel, Silver Jew and Septien.
Also screening on Thursday is New York director Leah Meyerhoff’s I Believe in Unicorns about a teenager who runs
Yes! Comedy Central has ordered a third season of the amazing Key & Peele. I just wish Comedy Central would do something to guarantee that we have Luther, President Obama's anger translator for the next four years. At this point Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert aren't enough comedy power to make up for the combined awfulness of today's Gop.
I cringed a little when I saw out host Stephanie Miller in a spot asking viewers to give to the Salvation Army (she and fellow Current host Bill Press are competing to raise more money). Then I read that Miller interviewed Major George Hood of the Salvation Army on her show and let him dismiss the organization's anti-gay history without challenge and it made me really sad. John Aravosis of AmericaBlog has collected stories that illustrate why the organization has an anti-gay reputation.
There are spoilers ahead for some of the films we talk about!
As several decades of cinema have informed us, evil takes many forms. Aside from all the serial killers and ancient demons waiting to either leap out of the shadows and murder us or simply scare us into a weeping ruin, movies are also full of killer cars, malevolent dolls and rampaging animals to contend with.
Given that entire lists could be generated from those menaces outlined above, we’ll be dealing with more obscure manifestations of evil here. The sort of demonic objects you might win on The Generation Game if it were presented by the Devil, or the kind of unlikely scenarios you'd encounter if you were the star of a horror film directed by Benny Hill.
Also, so many of you have emailed, Facebooked, Pm’d and tweeted me birthday wishes, I couldn’t possibly thank you all individually, but please know I do appreciate it.
On to the news, such that it is on a holiday weekend. I’m not really sure that I appreciate the tone over at TV Guide where they are wondering why Glee has become “the St. Kurt show.” Seriously, we all endured a full season of that Puck/Finn/Quinn/Terri baby drama that had nothing to do with the glee club, and you want to whine about three Kurt episodes that are literally “ripped from the headlines?”
Speaking of Glee, they
Directed by Lars von Trier
Released by Criterion Collection
From its incendiary debut at Cannes to becoming a cult hit defined by the meme "Chaos Reigns," Lars von Trier's psychosexual horror film about a married couple (Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg) that repairs to a cabin in the woods to grieve over the death of their young son is receiving the Criterion Collection treatment. Video interviews with von Trier, Gainsbourg, and Dafoe, making-of vignettes and a documentary about the Cannes premiere accompany the feature. (Aaron Hillis' interview with von Trier is here.)
"The Battle of River Plate" (1956)
Directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger
Released by Hen's Tooth Video
Despite being Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's most financially successful film, it has been a rare commodity in America on home video, where people have had to buy the British
Saturday 7 August
Match Of The Day Live
Yes, we hear that grizzly sigh from the football-averse: the season is upon us again. But answer this: would soap fans tolerate a four-week summer break in Corrie or EastEnders? Newly promoted Leeds United face Derby County in an early test that also reminds us how far both teams have fallen since the halcyon era depicted in The Damned United. Tomorrow, Sheffield United visit Cardiff City (live on Sky Sports 1), who'll be looking to shrug off the disappointment of not getting through the play-offs. Football Focus is also back at 12.15pm.
BBC Proms 2010
One of the motifs of the 2010 Proms is a commemoration of the 150th birthday of Mahler; the composer isn't here to enjoy it, but he'd have approved of tonight's programme. His
After the jump, you’ll find a breakdown of the hottest pilots at Fox, NBC, CBS, and ABC, including projects from producers J.J. Abrams, Steven Spielberg, and Brett Ratner as well as stars Kathy Bates, Forest Whitaker, and William Shatner.
Thanks to The Futon Critic for all the plot synopses and cast information.
Fox: Looking for 3-5 dramas and 3 comedies
Plot: “Drama about ex-fugitives who are recruited to work as Us marshals.”
Cast/Crew: created by Nick Santora
"No," I said.
"They're a rock band from England. They got a lot of publicity for saying 'fuck' on TV. Now they have some money and want me to direct their movie."
"The Sex Pistols?" I said.
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No director except possibly for Stanley Kubrick was better informed than Russ about where his movies were playing. Kubrick used to call specific theaters to complain about light intensity. Russ used
The bruising sport of high-speed, competitive rollerskating goes back to the 1920s and roller derbies have waxed and waned in popularity ever since. The last occasion I can recall a movie on the subject was in 1972 when Raquel Welch produced Kansas City Bomber, an exposé of the professional business in which she also starred as a roller derby champion torn between love (ruthless manager Kevin McCarthy, the brother of novelist Mary), family (admiring daughter Jodie Foster) and professional integrity.
Drew Barrymore wasn't even born then and Whip It is altogether less judgmental. A warm-hearted, teenage rite-of-passage flick, it stars the attractive Ellen Page (of Juno fame) as Bliss Cavendar, a bright, 17-year-old, high school kid from a Texas small town who comes across
What’s your background in music?
My background is that I began playing piano when I was very, very little, and also writing, quote "writing" music when I was very little. I was mostly self-taught because I grew up in a town without much musical education,
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